I often stumble upon sweatshirts that speak to me when I am scrolling Pinterest. “This Girl Needs a Nap” or “Messy Bun, and Gettin’ Stuff Done.” I am sure you have seen them too! Trendy phrases that tell it like it is. I have some “hard-er to gift” people on my list this year. Lucky for me these people also have specific catch phrases that they use, that remind me of them! I decided to create DIY iron ons and throw these life motto’s on a sweatshirt for them. It was an easy and inexpensive project, and one that I know they will love. One of the gifts I went with a canvas tote bag rather than the sweatshirt. Possibilities here are endless. Any fabric will work wonderfully with this Silhouette heat transfer material.
- Silhouette Portrait™ Cutting Machine.
- Silhouette Black Heat Transfer Material.
- Sweatshirt, Tee Shirt, or Tote Bag.
- Silhouette Hook (handy for cleaning up the phrase perimeter and letter centers).
- Downloadable Silhouette “The Struggle is Real” file, “World’s Okayest Sister” file or “Don’t Make Me Do Stuff” file.
The first thing I did was choose what items I wanted to put my DIY iron ons on. Tote bags are the easiest for gift giving, since you don’t have to guess at a size. If you are choosing a sweatshirt- I purchased mine from Walmart, in the men’s department. The men’s sweatshirts fit loose and were a lot longer than the women’s sweatshirts. I pre-washed my clothing items. I wasn’t sure if they would shrink and make the DIY iron ons warp when they shrunk.
Measure your sweatshirt to determine how large you want the DIY iron ons to be. Keep in mind that the heat transfer material is 9″ in width, and 36″ in length.
Download the phrase you would like, or create your own. If you are creating your own phrase, the font that I used on my files is called “Impact.” It is a standard TTF font, but I like it because it is blocky, and easy to work with. The downloadable files I created are pre-sized to match the examples shown here. Make sure your images are backwards on the screen! They will need to be cut mirror image. You can fit 4-5 phrases on one roll of heat transfer material.
Calibrate your Silhouette machine and blade to the recommended Heat Transfer Material setting. Load your heat transfer material into the machine. Two tips here: Make sure you change the cutting setting from “load cutting mat” to “load media.”
When your machine is set- cut your phrase!
When your phrase is cleaned up, you will notice that the plastic background is slightly tacky. This was a convenient bonus! It helped me to position the phrase on my sweatshirt for perfect placement. Flip the design over onto the area you want the phrase to be. It should be readable now- not backwards. 🙂
That’s it! Easy, right? If you’re looking for other ideas on DIY iron ons to create, check out these cute family reunion t-shirts.
Side note: I had my 16 year old daughter pose for this picture and she informed me that she is keeping the sweatshirt! So I guess it is cool. There you go. An easy, inexpensive, (teen approved) personalized gift.